When & Where The Mummers Day Parade takes place in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, in America: every New Years Day.
What to expect Dudes in drag. About 15,000 people get to 2nd Street Philadelphia on new Year's Day to march in this massive parade. They form New Year's Associations which represent all the different cultures - Irish, English, Finnish, German and African.
String and Brass bands fill the streets to welcome the new year ensuring no new year's eve anti-climax. It's a real carnival and makes staying a couple of days in Philly a real carnaval experience and prize money can be up to US$400,000.
Where to stay Philadelphia has excellent accommodation: quality Hotels and cheap accommodation can be booked here
Mummers Day History
There are 2 cultures claiming ownership of Mummers roots 1 that it dates to 400 BC from the Roman Festival of Saturnalias legend has it the streets were filled with people bearing gifts. 2 The Celtic variations of trick-or-treat whereby Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year.